1 October 2018
Chelsea Manning worked as an intelligence analyst for the US government, where she disclosed classified documents revealing human rights abuses and corruption linked with the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This landed her a 35-year prison sentence – an unprecedented conviction for a whistleblower – of which she served seven years before being released in 2017 under Barack Obama. During this time Manning publicly identified as a trans woman and asserted rights to medical therapy.
Today Manning is a vocal advocate for government transparency and LGBTQ+ rights. Her TED talks are always incredibly popular and we predict this talk from the ICA will sell out fast. As her first live appearance in the UK she will be in conversation with artist and writer James Bridle discussing the rise of artificial intelligence and the role of AI in public policy, the state of the data economy and the issues faced by transgender people today. The pair will delve into the Cambridge Analytica scandal before considering ways in which democracy in the digital age could yet be restored, indeed enhanced. Book now.